The Lute Society: Meetings


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Lute society meetings are free for all to attend, although there is usually a charge if you wish to attend the recital at the end of the meeting.

Agendas from previous meetings are available.

Unless otherwise noted, meetings are generally held at the Dutch Church, 7 Austin Friars, London EC2N 2HA (nearest tubes: Bank, Liverpool Street).

Next quarterly meeting

February 8th at the Dutch church, London. A rare chance to hear Falkenhagen's extraordinary 20-minute prelude in all the keys, and other works, played by young virtuoso Vinicius Perez, a talk by Bonnie Blackburn on the earliest known 'lute hero', the 15th century master lutenist, Pietrobono, and mini-recitals by Taro Takeuchi and Massimo Marchese and singer Nadi Caristi. All welcome, no need to book, admission is free, apart from the final recital, tickets for which are available during the day or on the door.

11.00 Coffee

11.30 Mini-recital by Andi Schlegel

12.00 A lute virtuoso of the 15th century: Pietrobono dal Chitarino and his music, a talk Bonnie Blackburn

1.00 Lunch

2.00 Mini-recital by Massimo Marchese and Nadia Caristi performing music from the time of Leonardo da Vinci

2.30 Mini-recital, by Taro Takeuchi, who will talk about his new CD The Blue Bells of Scotland and plays pieces by Straube, Haydn and Mrs. Jordan on original harp-lutes, c. 1800.

3.00 Falkenhagen’s Preludio in all the keys, a talk by Vincius Perez

4.00 Home-made cake, tea and wine

4.30 The Lute Society recital Vinicius Perez plays baroque lute music, including Falkenhagen’s remarkable 20-minute Preludio in all the keys, plus concerti and sonatas with flautist Alexandre Andrade

Meetings in 2020

  • February 8th at the Dutch Church
  • March 5th-8th, Benslow Lutefest
  • April 18th, joint meeting with Viola da Gamba Society, Denis Arnold Hall, Oxford
  • May 9th, at the Dutch Church
  • June 5th-7th, Leiden, joint meeting the Nederlands Luitvereiniging
  • September 12th, at the Dutch Church
  • November 14th, at the Dutch Church

Meetings in 2021

February 6th, at the Dutch Church

Pictures from recent meetings

See Pictures from meetings

International events: other national lute societies´meetings


March 21st-22nd, SOCIETE FRANCAISE DU LUTH, annual meeting, Paris

May 15-16, III Convegno liutistico nazionale, Milano, Conservatorio “G. Verdi” (lectures and concerts, free entry) supported by Società del Liuto.

June 20, Nederlands Luitvereiniging day, Edegem, near Antwerp


September 15–19 Basel Lute Days, Switserland, including Lute in higher education conference, DLG Festival, IMF tablature meeting